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Amit Priyavadan Mehta appointed as Federal judge in the district of Columbia

Dec 18, 2014 16:59 IST

Indian-American Amit Priyavadan Mehta was on 17 December 2014 appointed  as a federal judge in the district of Columbia by the US Senate. He is the first Asian Pacific American to occupy this position.

He was nominated for the post by President Barack Obama in July 2014.

Amit Priyavadan Mehta

• Mehta is a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Virginia School of Law, Order of the Coif.
• He had served as a clerk for judge Susan Graber, US court of appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
• Mehta has represented plaintiffs and defendants in federal civil matters, including antitrust and a Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement action.
• In a pro bono capacity, he has devoted more than 450 hours since 2010 to post-conviction proceedings for an individual convicted of murder.
• He is also vice president of the board of directors of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project.
• Mehta has been a partner at Zuckerman Spaeder Llp since 2010 where he represents clients in civil and criminal matters before state and federal courts.

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